WSOP 2011: Humberto Brenes schools the kids

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngSo, what makes a successful tournament poker player? I'm glad you asked. In my mind there are two groups: there's the myriad of those who learned their fast and loose skills on the internet and transferred them to live play, then there's the old-timers who have made a good living from the game for longer than those young guns have been alive.

The second group is obviously far smaller than the first; age demographics takes care of that. One of the select few is a Team PokerStars Pro who seems to be on a personal mission to keep the chewing gum industry alive.

Furthermore, Humberto Brenes shows no sign of slowing down. He has already cashed three times this summer, and today he has worked up his Main Event stack to 145,000. Those three cashes--6th in the $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $43,000, a $2,800 cash in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event, and $6,300 in the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha--have moved him up to fifth in the list of all-time WSOP cashes.


Humberto Brenes on final table duty

What is worth stressing is that it's not just consistency which makes him a success, it's diversity as well. Brenes' three cashes at this WSOP have come in three different disciplines.

All time WSOP cashes
1 Phil Hellmuth, 84
2 Men Nguyen, 72
3 Erik Seidel, 67
4 Chris Ferguson, 64
5 Humberto Brenes, 61

Brenes has scored consistently since way back in 1987, bagging two WSOP bracelets in the process. Each year, he has secured a nice income that has made him a famous figure in his home country of Costa Rica, where he is given the full 'Godfather' treatment.

And although he has been known to play up to the cameras, The Shark, who turned 60 in May, is a humble and quiet family man away from the tables.

At the Rio today, there have been no antics. Instead, he has let his stack do the talking, growing as it has from its 80,000 starting point. A big chunk came in this hand...

Facing a raise to 2,500, Brenes three-bet to 8,500 from the cut-off. The action folded back around to the original raiser, who called. The flop was 6♦K♥7♦ and both players checked. The 9♦ on the turn saw the original player bet 11,000. Brenes called. Finally, on the 9♠ river, Brenes' opponent checked and the Costa Rican fired out a 12,300 bet. Call.

Brenes: J♦[10d] for the flush
Dejected opponent: A♦K♠

That's how these tricky old-timers roll, folks. Keep out of the water, The Shark is circling and is as hungry as ever.

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About 80 per cent of players at the break look like they have nothing better to do.

Nine out of ten players immediately call someone during the break.

Two players have come second in the WSOP Main Event: W.C. "Puggy" Pearson (1971 and 1972) and Dewey Tomko (1982 and 2001).

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in World Series of Poker